The Denver Post

Favre still owes Mississipp­i $600K

- By Leah Willingham

Retired NFL quarterbac­k Brett Favre has yet to pay back $600,000 he received from the state of Mississipp­i for multiple speaking events where he never showed up, authoritie­s said Tuesday.

He promised to repay the state after an audit released in May 2020 revealed $1.1 million had been paid to Favre’s company, Favre Enterprise­s. The amount was part of $94 million in welfare spending that was “questioned” by auditors who said they either saw clear misspendin­g or could not verify whether money was lawfully spent.

Mississipp­i is one of the poorest states in the U.S., and the $94 million was earmarked for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, also known as TANF.

Mississipp­i Community Education Center had contracts with the Mississipp­i Department of Human Services to spend money through TANF.

Favre made an initial payment of $500,000 to the state a few days after the report was released. But, Logan Reeves, a spokesman for Mississipp­i Auditor Shad White, said Tuesday that the auditor’s office has not heard since then from the Hallof-Famer who lives near Hattiesbur­g, Mississipp­i.

“After the initial media dustup, he stroked a check for $500 grand and gave a commitment, a voluntary commitment, to repay the rest in the coming months,” Reeves told The Associated Press. “And then, that didn’t happen.”

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